Enjoying The Summer…2019



“Little by little, day by day, what is meant for you WILL find its way.”-anonymous 


Hello, sweet friend…I’m just finishing a wonderful walk on the beach. The summer weather has been magnificent & I am relishing e.v.e.r.y  s.i.n.g.l.e moment. 

That being said I am using the summer as a down time to share and repost my favorite stories since moving from Southern California 4 years ago. (I can’t even believe it has been this long!) I know many of you are new readers to my blog and perhaps would enjoy these early adjustment to a new life posts.



This is the original post which was published on WordPress July 21, 2015




this first week has been fun, challenging…

surprising…and wonderful!


It’s been fun because everything is new.  And, I’m realizing that trying something new, can be exciting, and a very good thing.



With that being said…

I’m super glad that we decided to make this move before we got any older when we did. (grin)


Because…it takes a willingness to begin again…there are so many things to re-learn. Some are rather simple…like where the light switches are… on second thought that is rather tricky too. (grin)



We don’t mind…and aren’t planning on any major remodels…only a few improvements…replacing the windows (needed) new flooring… refurbishing the  fence by planting beautiful shrubs called escallonia. Other than that… we love everything just as it is.  With just a little TLC,  it will be quirky perfect.

20150719_200251-1 so anyway…I’ve had a great week. My kids are adjusting very well. Earl, and Teah have come alive again, and enjoy their new space.




 Darjeeling has really come into her own here. She has totally bloomed. I had been so concerned about the move. Believe it or not, she’s adjusted better than us she was out of her crate the next day, and wandering around our property the day after that. Cami of course is happy wherever we are.





And, my husband is so happy. He loves our sweet cottage…adores being surrounded by the trees… ocean…occasionally he even gets to see them. 😂


As for myself… I’m taking each day as it comes…forever grateful that we took this adventure, risk, and soulful journey in life. I’m humbled in many ways. It’s difficult to even compare where we live now, to where we lived before in Southern California.


Our beach cottage is half the size, sits on a smaller lot, and is situated on a very non-ostentatious, very laid back, “beachy” sort of street, with similar small homes/cottages… quite different than where we moved from.


I now walk a mile or two, and as I wander I often feel as if I own the entire landscape around me, including the white clouds nestling around the nearby ocean.


At these times I know I’m the luckiest gal around.

Until next time…

Safe travels my friend…


(the video below was filmed on the first weekend I moved to the Oregon Coast. Forgive me for being so Chatty😉 I was just so excited!)

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I’m still very much a beginner with my new website. Learning a new blogging format in the middle of a move was sort of, kind of, well lets face it….a little crazy! Thank goodness, I don’t give up easily.


I have always been obsessed with salmon. And, now that I am living on the Oregon coast….Well…what can I say. ..so here’s my recipe for you. (grin)


Simple Salmon Salad

* 1/2 lb cooked salmon, flaked (I used left over salmon I had in the fridge)

* 1 heaping teaspoon light mayo (more if you like mayo)

* squeeze of lemon

* big pinch of salt and pepper (or lemon pepper if you prefer)

* 1 celery stalk, chopped small

* 1 teaspoon chives, chopped


1. Add your leftover flaked salmon to a bowl. Season with salt, pepper (or lemon pepper), mayo and a splash of fresh squeezed lemon. Add chopped celery and chives and combine well.

2. Serve on whole grain bread, pita, or crackers. (I used sourdough, because that’s what I had)…or just have it on it’s own…I sometimes do that too!


Below is a current video I made this past week…July 2019 (4 years later) It just happened to be the most beautiful day ever…of course I had to share it with you.❤️

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We Did iT…♡


“Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next.”

-Mandy Hale

Photo taken on the Oregon Coast July 11, 2019

Hi, sweet friend…this weekend marks 4 years since moving to the Oregon Coast. Below is a re-post from that exciting trip.


A Re-post from July 2015

We Did It!

By Marcia Ren

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.

Hope you had a great week. Anything fun planned for the weekend? Personally, after this week. ..I’m ready for a l.o.n.g vacation! (grin)


It’s pretty amazing to think that it was only one week ago that my husband and I were saying our good-byes to our life in southern California. ..

so we could fulfill our dream of living a simpler, less hectic lifestyle, and moving into our

small cottage on the Oregon coast.  And what’s even more amazing is…we did it!

The above photo was taken in October 2014. At the time, everyone was so excited about the move. 

This is Darjeeling. She is the sweetest thing.  However, she did have a few reservations 

about this move.


Especially when she found out about her accommodations.

No doubt she planned on running away,  but changed her mind. F.o.r.t.u.n.a.t.e.l.y.

I have a hunch that Earl might have considered escaping also…


Because face it, change can be scary, and up until recently life has been pretty predictable, and comfy for all of us

But, then e.v e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. changed

When we finally hit the road

On this exciting adventure…

heading out on this 900 mile road trip.


Of course some of us were more excited than others…

Happy weekend. …♡

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Fourth of July 2019

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
Albert Camus


I’ve just finished a walk and thought I’d share a few highlights from yesterday’s Fourth of July celebration.

It’s an exceptionally quiet morning today…and perfectly timed for reflection of a glorious day. America the Beautiful…

Potato salad in the making…


Quick What I Wear…


Living close to old town has many benefits.🌻




Such a cute vintage car💕


My dear friend Geri (Aka…Momma G) who is on the City Council…yelled out to me “hey Marcia want to get on!”

A fabulous horse!

Getting a ride back to the cottage🐝




An aerial view…

While the others were inside playing cards I took Cami outside for a quick walk. There was a band playing music by the marina. I noticed tourists were beginning to line up for the firework show…

Hope you had a fabulous day!

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ALl iS ClEaR….

Re-post from June 2015


Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.

Of course I’m hoping your week was filled with lots of JoY….yes, that’s what I am hoping for you. Mine was busy, fun, and continues to feel a little bittersweet….

Busy part:  I continued packing. Fun part:  I finally bought a new purse. Well, okay I actually bought two. (grin) 


Bittersweet:  a keen awareness that I am really getting ready to say good-bye to this sweet little cottage, friends & family… in my long time state of  sunny California.

And, depending on what day you are reading this post…depends on where I am.

Very likely I’m either on my way to our new/old home, or perhaps already there.

I plan on returning one last time to southern California to finalize a few things…say more good-byes, and crymyeyesout.

For the most part everything is clearned out in that sweet little once upon my story book cottage, and I’m ready to live along the coast of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am looking forward  to sharing my new adventurous journey.

I am also excited to experience this next chapter of life. It’s been a decision that’s taken me many years to make. But, I’m very clear about it. I can see where I have been on my own six-decade journey, and feel blessed beyond belief that I am now at a stage when I’m free to choose the things that  I’ve been preparing for. I hope you will continue stopping by for a visit. I would of course miss you if you forget me, since you have been the inspiration behind my inspiration. So thank you. There will be a different way to visit. I’m hoping to go live with my new blog on July 1st.

It’s got a new name Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. The new website is still currently under construction, however it should be up and running by then.

So..…until we meet again stay safe my sweet friend.



I’m thinking I sort of went “What I wear” vlog crazy this past week….(grin)


Here’s a perennial favorite with all ages. Here’s a basic recipe. You could also try chunky chocolate chip cookies instead of plain chocolate, or use one or more different ice creams. whatever takes your fancy.


2 pints vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

16 large (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) chocolate cookies

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Spread 1/2 cup of the ice cream over the bottom of one cookie and top with another cookie, right side up. Place on a small baking sheet in the freezer and repeat with the remaining cookies and ice cream.

2. Spread the chocolate chips on a plate. Roll each ice cream sandwich in the chips to coat the sides. Wrap the sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours, or until firm, before serving. Serves 8


oops…here’s one more! I bought a new outfit, and TWO new purses!

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ChRiStMaS in JuLy . …♡

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

-Charles Bowden


Wanted to drop in and share a re~post. I’ve been thinking about all my tea loving girlfriends in California. I have the best memories of hosting so many fun tea parties with them over the years. Here’s one of my faves. Hope you enjoy it!


Christmas in July
By Marcia Ren
Re~post July 2014

The weather outside is frightful….Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  Wouldn’t it be delightful to have a little snow in the middle of summer? Well, I am not able to make it snow, however, I would love to invite you inside a sweet little cottage to enjoy a Christmas in July Tea. I’ll even give you a few ideas. Perhaps, you will be so inspired that you might want to host one yourself….there’s still time! Get your cocoa, get comfy, and join me for a Christmas in July Tea!


I realize that it’s convenient to send out evites. However,  I do enjoy “receiving” invitations in the mail.


So, I send out cute invitations to my guests. (of course)

This is my Christmas closet. There is lots of sparkling magical joy inside.  Can you see it?




Do you see anything that you’d like to use to decorate with?



Go ahead and take it.  There’s plenty of magic for everyone!

I’m loving banners,  so I use them a lot for my tea parties.  I had this one made by a crafter.  Isn’t it adorable!

I also use lots of pinks…

and greens for decor colors.

And… since it is Christmas… Santa
has special gifts for the guests.


When it comes to the holidays, I never forget the Cottage garden when decorating.

Even when the weather outside is frightful,  I enjoy having a joyful welcome for my guests.



I love using the garden to help set the mood,  and celebrate the occasion.

The menu is up to you. I usually prepare a variety of tea sandwiches, cranberry/Orange
Scones, and a vegetarian quiche.


You are the hostess…and no matter what…your guests will be having a wonderful Christmas time in July.


What to wear…

PhotoGrid_1404876010465-1 (1) (1)If you are in a creative mood….find a dress you like (but don’t wear that often) and,  re-purpose it into a blouse, and table napkins. (Grin)  Just make sure to allow time for everything.  You don’t want to be stressed. After all it’s Christmas. (wink)

Thank you for stopping by. I hope I’ve inspired you to host your own Christmas in July Tea. It’s easier than you think.  Just grab a few friends. ..
and your halfway there!


Wishing you a July that sparkles!

For more Christmas in July inspiration,  you might enjoy checking here: “Marcia’s Cottage” Christmas in July board.

    Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. 
~Michael Strassfeld

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